Swimming Gala 2018

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Congratulations to all the swimmers representing their schools in the Cambridge School Sports Partnership’s swimming gala. The venue was Parkside Pools and the main pool and Dive pool were awaiting a spectacular event.

The schools: Bottisham, Colville, Fen Ditton, Fulbourn, Park Street, Newnham Croft, Ridgefield, Shelford, St Matthew’s, Stapleford and The Grove.

For many of the swimmers this was their first experience at a swimming gala and it can be a daunting and nerve racking experience, especially for the younger swimmers. The noise, the electric atmosphere, working out what race you’re in, standing at the start with everyone watching, remembering your stroke, remembering how to finish properly, hoping your goggles don’t come off.

The Swimmers rose to the challenge with cheerful determination, the older swimmers supporting the younger ones, family and friends cheering from the balcony and teachers helping, supporting and watching proudly from poolside.

Some very useful experience was gained by all swimmers. Each learning their own strengths and weaknesses. This will help motivate them and hopefully they will continue with their swimming training outside of school.

Well done to all the teams who entered! Each age group had the chance to win Gold, Silver or Bronze medals.

Annabelle Lewis from St Matthew’s Primary School said “The event is brilliant. Thank you so much for an amazing afternoon. We have children who haven’t competed in anything else before and it was a great experience for them. Seeing the children splashing around with joy at the end of their Medley Relay brings a smile to my face. ”

A Huge thanks to the Parkside pool staff for their assistants on the day. Thanks and appreciation goes to GLL for their continuous support and sponsorship of the event. Thanks to The Cambridge City Council, especially Julie and Ian who helped with the scoring table. Thanks to St Bede’s leaders for their help on poolside which lead to the smooth running of the event and to all the parents and helpers giving up their day to come and support the Gala.

The results:

Year 3-

1st St Matthew’s Primary School

2nd Fen Ditton

3rd Great and Little Shelford Primary School 

4th Stapleford Primary School

5th Bottisham Community Primary School

6th Ridgefield Primary School

7th The Grove Primary School

8th Colville Primary School

9th Park Street Primary School


Year 4-

1st Bottisham Community Primary School

2nd Colville Primary School

3rd St Matthew’s Primary School

4th Ridgefield Primary School

5th Park Street Primary School

6th Fulbourn Primary School

7th Fen Ditton Primary School

8th Stapleford Community Primary School

9th Great and Little Shelford Primary School

10th The Grove Primary School


Year 5-

1st Bottisham Community Primary School

2nd Fulbourn Primary School

3rd Stapleford Community Primary School

4th Fen Ditton Primary School

5th Great and Little Shelford Primary School

6th Newnham Croft Primary School

7th The Grove Primary School

8th St Matthew’s Primary School

9th Colville Primary School

10th Ridgefield Primary School


Year 6-

1st Great and Little Shelford Primary School

2nd Stapleford Community Primary School

3rd Bottisham Community Primary School

4th St Matthew’s Primary School

5th Fulbourn Primary School

6th Ridgefield Primary School

7th Fen Ditton Primary School

8th Newnham Croft Primary School

9th Colville Primary School

10th The Grove Primary School


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